Alcohol: Its effects on the body

Alcohol affects nearly every part of the body and can damage some of our most important organs.

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  • BRAIN
    Impacts on mood and mental well being. Effects judgement and increases risk-taking behavior Effects long and short term memory.
  • HEART
    Strains the heart and causes high blood pressure. Can lead to heart disease, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke.
  • STOMACH
    Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain because the stomach lining becomes inflamed. Can lead to stomach cancer.
  • LIVER
    Increases the risk of liver disease and damage that is irreversible. Liver scarring called Cirrhosis can occur, this can lead to liver failure.
  • KIDNEYS
    Changes can occur in the way kidney, function. They may not be as effective in getting rid of toxins in the body, this can be caused by dehydration too.
  • PANCREAS
    Can cause inflammation of the pancreas called pancreatitis. Increases the risk of pancreatic cancer

Alcohol affects the outside of our body as well as the inside. Some of these effects can be permanent!

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  • SKIN
    Dehydration caused by alcohol intake can cause wrinkles and cellulite. Skin can lose some of its natural elasticity.
  • FACIAL REDNESS
    Alcohol causes redness and dryness, capillaries can also, burst in the face causing visible veins especially around the nose.
  • HAIR & FINGERNAILS
    Alcohol can cause fingernails to peel and break, as well as make hair brittle and damaged.
  • SMELLS
    Alcohol can be released through breath and sweat. This can be extremely unpleasant.
  • EXCESS WEIGHT
    Alcohol has lots of ’empty calories’ with no nutritional value. While the body works to get rid of the alcohol,
    processes such as burning fat are interrupted.

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